Monkey Girl

Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul

This behind-the-scenes account from the front lines of America’s “Evolution Wars” tells a dramatic story of faith, science and courage unlike any since the famous Scopes Monkey Trial. The small town of Dover, Pennsylvania, put science and religion on a collision course when it sought to teach a religiously themed alternative to evolution called “intelligent design” in its high school biology classes. The resulting trial soon became a national cause – with the town and its children caught in the crossfire. Now being developed for film by HBO. Published by ecco/Harper Collins. 

Seattle Times: “Vivid, memorable and engaging, and a welcome breath of common sense in an area dominated by zealots and table pounding.”

Newsday: “An explosive and colorful read.”

Washington Post: “Gripping… An important episode in the country’s ongoing struggle to reconcile faith, science, and culture. Humes’s book is a compelling account of that struggle.”